Eliphaz's logic concerning the recompense of good and evil
And Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
Can a man of might be of any use to God?
No, a man of insight is of use only to himself.
Is it a matter of delight to the Almighty that you are righteous?
Or is it a gain to Him that you make your ways perfect?
Is it because of your fear of Him that He reproves you,
That He enters into judgment with you?
Is not your wickedness great,
And is there no end to your iniquities?
For you have taken apledges
from your brothers without cause
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
You have not given water to the weary to drink,
And you have withheld bread from the ahungry
And as for the man of power, the earth was his;
And the man of honor dwelt in it.
You have sent away the widows empty,
And the arms of the orphans have been crushed.
Therefore snares are all around you;
And sudden dread troubles you,
Or darkness, so that you cannot see;
And an abundance of waters covers you.
Is not God at the height of aheaven
And look at the highest of the stars, how lofty they are!
And you say, What does God aknow
Can He judge through the deep darkness?
Thick clouds are a covering to Him, so He cannot see;
And He walks upon the circle of the heavens.
Will you keep the old way,
Which wicked men have trodden?
Such were snatched away before their time,
Whose foundation was poured forth like a stream;
Who said to God, Depart from us;
And, What can the Almighty accomplish for 1us
Yet He fills their houses with good things.
But the counsel of the wicked is far from 1Him
The righteous see and rejoice,
And the innocent deride them,
Saying, Surely those who rose up against us are cut off,
And the remnant of them the fire has devoured.
well disposed to Him and at peace with Him;
By such, good will come upon you.
Receive instruction from His mouth,
And lay up His words in your aheart
If you return to the aAlmighty
, you will be built up.
If you put injustice far away from your tents,
And place your gold nuggets in the dust
And your gold of Ophir in the stones of the brooks,
Then the Almighty will be your gold nuggets
And precious silver to you.
For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty,
And you will lift up your countenance ato
You will pray to Him, and He will hear you;
And you will repay your vows.
You will also decree something, and it will be established for you;
And light will shine on your ways.
When they cast you down, you will say, I am up!
And the alowly
person He will save.
He will deliver him who is not innocent;
will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.